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16Apr

LETTER TO MINISTER MCKENNA: CANADA’S ACCREDITED ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS AT THE READY WITH INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS READY

OTTAWA (April 16, 2020) –

In a letter to the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities CAZA executive director Jim Facette said, “Canada’s accredited zoos and aquariums stand ready with projects we believe with help to stimulate their respective local economies.”

It has been reported the federal government is looking for ‘shovel ready’ projects at a means to re-start the Canadian economy. Canada accredited zoos and aquariums have had to put important infrastructure projects at their facilities on hold due to COVID-19. Mr. Facette added, “we are canvassing our member institutions for a list of projects, we welcome the opportunity to discuss specifics as we move forward.”

Canada’s accredited zoos and aquariums are important economic and cultural fabric for international and domestic visitors. CAZA member institutions stand ready to do our part and proceed with important infrastructure projects that will make significant contributions to local economies.

About CAZA:

CAZA is the voice of zoos and aquariums in Canada. We are the leading organization in Canadian animal welfare standards development, our accreditation process includes expert standards set by leading researchers, biologists, and academia who ensure we reflect the latest in animal welfare research, organizational management, and public safety protocols.  Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s accreditation bridges the ethical concerns with conservation and the public interest.

For more information, contact:

Jim Facette,
Executive Director
O: 613.627.3779 x1010
C: 613.850.2669

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